PIRLO AND BALOTELLI LEFT OUT

Italian players Andrea Pirlo, Sebastian Giovinco and Mario Balotelli have been left off the preliminary list announced for Euro 2016 for Italy.

Toronto FC forward Giovinco is one of a number of noteworthy players left off the continental tournament.

The 29-year old, who has 30 goals in 45 games for TFC, was surprisingly not included in manager Antonio Conte's 30-man squad, despite his decent performance at his club.

Aside Giovinco is Balotelli, whose goals during the 2012 tournament sent Italy into the European championship final before they lost 4-0 in the final to Spain.

Louis van Gaal admitted that Manchester United are relying heavily upon Arsenal

Louis van Gaal admitted that Manchester United are relying heavily upon Arsenal to help them finish in the top four.

The Red Devils managed to move within a point of Manchester City after a 1-0 win over Norwich City. Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game to help United closer to the top four places. Manchester City do have a game in hand, but it is probably one of their toughest matches remaining in the season. A visit to face Arsenal at the Emirates stadium awaits City and this match could potentially see United close the gap.

Manchester United have signed a 16 year old highly rated player

Manchester United are starting a rejuvenation process as Louis van Gaal is beginning to add more young players to his squad and the latest one to be signed by the Dutch coach is a 16 year old performer who was also being targeted by Arsenal and Chelsea but it was Manchester United the club that managed to secure his services.

Nishan Burkart will be making a move to Manchester United at the end of the season; Burkart is currently performing for FC Zurich but it was confirmed by his father that a deal has already taken place which is going to see the youngster making a move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.

"We have decided to leave the club in the summer. Nishan switches to Manchester United.

Jurgen Klopp branded the 2-1 win over Bournemouth as perfect.

The victory helped Liverpool move past Stoke City into the eighth spot. They are now only behind Southampton on goal difference. Given the form of teams like West Ham and Southampton in recent weeks, there is a real possibility of Liverpool finishing in the top six places. This would be seen as a reasonable return from manager Jurgen Klopp, who came to the club midway through the campaign. Further, their successes in the Europa League only bodes well for the German.

Manchester United might be interested in RomeluLukaku

Media reports that Manchester United might be interested in signing RomeluLukaku. The Everton striker might be reunited with his former manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho. The latter sold him to Everton after criticising the striker’s ability.

When asked about the possibility of having to work with his former manager, Lukaku replied that he was younger at that time and that he was not ready to be a first-team striker. He told reporters that he did not have anything to prove to Mourinho. He believes that now he has improved and that he has enough maturity to handle pressure.

Rooney makes promising return

It’s been two months since Wayne Rooney made an appearance for The Red Devils following his unfortunate knee-injury in the middle of February, with his biggest fans being forced to look elsewhere for entertainment whilst he has been away.

The injury came at an inconvenient time for Rooney - just after his impressive form of scoring seven goals in nine games for Manchester United and just before England’s friendlies against Germany and Holland in which Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy had a chance to make a positive impression on England boss Roy Hodgson.

CITY STAND NO CHANCE

Former France coach Raymond Domenech says that he does not expect Manchester City to even come close to beating Paris St Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The two teams have been pitched against each other for the first time in European football history. City are second favourites going into the game since they have little experience of the latter stages of this competition.

This is the first time that they have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Supporters of the club, though, think that they will be able to make a major impact due to the presence of world-class players like Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré.

Napoli are Main Rivals of Juventus

AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus have historically been the main teams that have charged for the league title, Serie A, but in recent times AC Milan and Inter Milan have struggled trying to make a genuine charge for the Italian piece of silverware while Juventus on the other hand have continued playing at a consistently high level.

Juventus

Juventus have successively won the Italian league title since the season of 2012-13 and are currently positioned at the top.

Louis Van Gaal is ecstatic that his side is back

Louis Van Gaal is ecstatic that his side is back in the Premiership with some fine performances recently.

The Red Devils are now a real contender for Champions League qualification as they have managed to close in the gap of points between them and the teams at the top spots in the table.

The results of some of the other matches have gone in their favour yes and that has helped them a great deal in improving their position, but, they themselves have played pretty well too.

They have got as many points as the 4th positioned Manchester City now and just 4 points less than Arsenal which is no. 3.

According to Van Gaal, there is not much difference in the quality of the sides in the domestic league in England and on a given day, any side can be beaten by any other side in this competition and that’s what keeps it so tight all the time.

Thiago Alcantara says that he decided against joining Manchester United

Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara says that he decided against joining Manchester United since there was no concrete offer from the Premier League outfit.